It’s the breakfast staple that many of us mindlessly grab from the fridge of a morning. But is this staple causing us more harm than good?

For a long time it’s been a common presumption that fruit juices and products are good for us as they are made from fruit and fruit is healthy, right? But how much fruit is good for us?

Fruit juices are packed full of sugar

While a large percentage of the sugar in fruit juice may be naturally occurring from the fruit itself, it is still a lot more than our body needs.

Recent studies have begun to overthrow common belief that fat is the devil in dieting and have now flipped to blame sugar for the increasing rate of obesity. A great deal of research has gone into formulating low sugar diets and tracking the effects they have on their users.

Popular New York Times bestseller Sarah Wilson’s sugar free philosophy is one commonly known example of these diets. In her book I Quit Sugar she suggests sugar is what’s making us both sick and fat.

“We’re eating less fat than ever before, we take out more gym memberships than ever before, but we’re only getting bigger and bigger,” says Wilson.

A ‘misunderstanding’ created by advertising

So why is orange juice the main source of blame for a substance that is in nearly every product we eat? Simply because it tricks the population in to thinking it’s a health product when in actual fact, it’s not.

It’s commonly known that soda, for example, is packed full of sugar with a whopping ten teaspoons per 330ml serve. But people don’t drink soda for it’s health benefits, like they do with orange juice.

How many people know that orange juice contains five tsp of sugar for a smaller 250ml serve?

orange-juice

Despite America’s breakfast consumption being on the rise, orange juice consumption has plunged by 13 per cent in recent years with various health experts comparing it nutritionally to soft drinks and some even labelling it “the biggest con of your life.

Erin Brodwin in her Business Insiders article compared a standard 12-ounce glass of orange juice to a bag of M&M’s and found it had the same amount of carbohydrates and only three grams less sugar. Therefore, technically a glass of orange juice should be classed as more of a treat food than a daily staple.

Interestingly the article also noted that when you type “is orange juice good for you?” into a Google search the results are plagued with negativity. Bold headlines, such as “Fruit juice is just as unhealthy as sugary drinks” and “Why drinking orange juice is slowly killing you” take the top results.

All natural is still more than we need

Opening this debate leads to one main point ‘all natural’ fruit juice companies and providers lay claim to. Technically it is just fruit and we need fruit in our diet.

But how many people do you know that sit down and eat four oranges for breakfast alongside their cereal and milk? A single glass of orange juice often contains around four oranges, which throws the scales way off when we consider the ‘Go for 2 & 5’ campaign; a recommended serve of  two fruits and five vegetables per day.

As well as this, the process of juicing fruit removes most of its fibre and leaves a mixture of mainly sugar and water. The body then processes this relatively quickly as there’s little fibre, protein or fat in it to slow down the digestion process and as a result, we become hungry again soon after consumption.

Some positive alternatives

The answer to this juice dilemma? Try a different juice. With juice bars on trend now there’s no reason to drink orange juice. Try a green juice or a mix of fruit and vegetables instead of solely fruits.

Or if you still love the orange flavour but want to try and cut the juice out of your diet, Bulk Nutrients produce an AM Burner in orange and grape flavour. It comes in powder form and is designed to be dissolved in water.

Bulk Nutrients’ AM Burner tastes sweet and fruity and contains 13 specially formulated ingredients which work together to boost metabolism and increase energy levels. Therefore, you satisfy the sweet fix you would get from an orange juice without all the sugar.

What’s your opinion of the orange juice debate? Are you anti-sugar or do you think anything’s okay in moderation?

Let us known in the comments below.

 

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Hannah Rabe

Hannah Rabe

Hannah Rabe is the Social Media Coordinator at Bulk Nutrients.

She has a passion for fitness, travel and donuts.

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